Free primary resource kit from the Canada War Museum

Posted on: March 4th, 2017 by lmccoll No Comments

Supply Line

Supply Line is a travelling, hands-on education tool available for free to schools across Canada.

Bring the Canadian War Museum into your classroom with a Supply Line Discovery Box. This learning kit contains authentic and reproduction artifacts related to Canadian military history, along with everything you need to lead engaging hands-on activities and lessons with your students.

The Supply Line Discovery Box can be borrowed for 2 weeks by any school in Canada – free of charge! Requests will be processed on a first come, first served basis.

To find out more about how to book a Supply Line Discovery Box, go here.

Please note: Booking for the fall session begins on August 15, 2016. Booking for the winter/spring session begins on November 21, 2016. Requests for Discovery Boxes are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

To preview the First World War Discovery Box, go here.


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REEL Canada

Posted on: February 20th, 2017 by lmccoll No Comments
Hi Teachers,
I’m writing because REEL CANADA has a special FREE opportunity for schools in the Vancouver area next month:
A screening of the award-winning documentary film Angry Inuk (dir. Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, 2016) followed by a presentation and in-person Q & A session with special guest and director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril!


This free Indigenous themed event, presented by REEL CANADA as part of the Beyond 150 Years: An Acknowledgement of Cinematic Territory film festival in partnership with Vancouver International Film Festival, is being offered to high school schools on Monday, March 6th, 2017.


We also offer free lesson plans about the film for teachers to use before and/or after the film screenings.


I’ve attached a formal invitation to this email for you to read more about this exciting opportunity.
Please let me know ASAP, as spaces are limited, if your school is interested in participating in this exciting day: 1-855-733-5709 ext. 203.
Thanks and I look forward to hearing back from you!


Stephanie Turenko, B.Ed
Production Coordinator



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April 19, 2017

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504-720 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2R4
416-642-5796 | Toll-free: 1-855-733-5709 

VIFF Aboriginal Films

Posted on: February 20th, 2017 by lmccoll No Comments
Join us for two upcoming high school screenings of the following Aboriginal films:

COLONIZATION ROAD (February 23, 2017 at 10am)
Michelle St. John, 2016, Canada, 49 mins
Email Cecelia Cheung at to book 
In towns throughout Ontario, there are startling reminders of the colonization of Indigenous territories and the displacement of First Nations people. Anishinaabe comedian and activist Ryan McMahon takes us to his hometown of Fort Frances and down its main drag, which is called Colonization Road. Similar streets have similar names in towns and cities across the province, direct reminders of the Public Lands Act of 1853 and its severe impact on First Nations, their treaties and their land in the name of “Canadian settlement.” On his journey through Ontario, McMahon explores the history of these roads, meets with settlers in solidarity and raises significant questions about “reconciliation” and what it means to “decolonize.”
ANGRY INUK (March 6, 2017 at 9am)
Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, 2016, Canada, 85 mins
FREE screening
Email Stephanie Turenko at to reserve seats
Seal hunting, a critical part of Inuit life, has been controversial for a long time. Now, a new generation of Inuit, armed with social media and their own sense of humour and justice, are challenging the anti-sealing groups and bringing their own voices into the conversation. Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins her fellow Inuit activists as they challenge outdated perceptions of Inuit and present themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.
We look forward to having your class with us!
Cecelia Cheung
VIFF Education Coordinator

Talking Stick Festival

Posted on: January 31st, 2017 by lmccoll No Comments

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The series consist of storytelling, performing
and visual arts workshops and classes
programmed directly into schools and
community centres in areas where many
members of the Aboriginal community reside.
Each session is designed to emphasize
interaction, participation, dialogue and
education in a lively, creative environment.
The bottom line is fun!

We offer this program to students in order
to preserve the language, culture and art
forms of the First Nations people, to encourage
creativity, to build self-esteem and to share!
The stories and art practices of First Nations
culture have enormous depth, they are rich
with teachings, and they are as relevant today
as they were in the past.

We conduct workshops in your classroom,
school gymnasium or in your local community
centre! You choose what works best for you!

All workshops and classes are facilitated by
leading professional artists who have worked
nationally and internationally.

How Much
All workshops are offered at a suggested
donation of $150. No school will be turned
away due to  nancial restrictions.

Full Circle currently offers the following:
• Storytelling
• Métis Jigging
• Powwow Dancing
• West Coast Singing and Dancing
• Hip-Hop Beat Making
• TSF Colouring Contest
Subject to change.
• Hip-Hop Beat Making/ DJ Mixing
• Master Class Slam Poetry (8 weeks)
• Slam Poetry Introduction
• Vocal Lessons
• Visual Arts
• TSF Poster Design Contest
For complete Workshops in Schools Guide,

To register, contact us with the following
• The name of your school
• Your name and time of the workshop you
will be attending
• The total number of students that will be
or phone: 604-683-0497

Registration Deadline
Last day to register is Monday, Feb 6, 2017.
Workshops have a limited capacity and early
registration is highly recommended. Due to
safety, we regret we are unable to accommodate
any requests for increased session size. Please
see our Workshops in Schools Guide online
at for session capacity and

Questions or Further Information?
Please call 604-683-0497, or email us

The Workshops in School Series is part of the
programming of The Talking Stick Festival and
designed under the guidelines of the Aboriginal
Enhancement Agreement.

Before the Flood

Posted on: January 13th, 2017 by lmccoll No Comments

Windermere Secondary students have organised a special screening of Before the Flood at the Rio Theatre on April 4th.  The film is narrated by Leonardo Di Caprio and takes a close look at the climate crisis.  Entry is $5 per student/teacher to be paid at door.  Doors open at noon and film starts at 12:30pm.  To find out more details and register please visit the following link

NOII Meeting

Posted on: December 14th, 2016 by lmccoll No Comments


Climate Conference

Posted on: November 16th, 2016 by lmccoll No Comments

A quick follow up to let everyone know that Windermere’s 8th annual climate conference is happening Dec 5th.  Our speaker lineup is complete and Registration for this event is now open at

 The event aims to both educate and engage students on critical issues related to climate change.  Titled, Living on borrowed time, the conference highlights the urgency of the topic and the need to engage in meaningful and effective ways.  We hope you will encourage your students to attend this event



Vagner Castilho

Windermere Secondary School

Richmond Museum Exhibition

Posted on: November 14th, 2016 by lmccoll No Comments

You’re invited to the opening of the Richmond Museum’s new exhibition, Leave Your Mark  Wang Duo: Calligrapher for the Ages. Discover the work of Wang Duo, a revered Chinese calligrapher from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and explore his legacy here in Richmond today.

Opens Thursday December 1 at 7:00 pm

Richmond Museum at 7700 Minoru Gate
(Located in the Library / Cultural Centre)


Imagine a Canada

Posted on: November 8th, 2016 by lmccoll No Comments

Please click on this link to read more about Imagine a Canada and scroll down to Imagine a Canada 2016 Commemorative Video

 In the first year of Imagine a Canada, 10 recipients (4 from BC) were selected from across Canada and were honoured in a ceremony at Rideau Hall on March 1, 2016.

2017 will be a big year for Imagine a Canada. The 10 Imagine a Canadarecipients in each province and territory will go forward to a national selection committee where one recipient from each province and territory will be selected to be honoured by Governor General David Johnston in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa in June of 2017.

Thank you,

Gail Stromquist

Assistant Director, Aboriginal Education
Professional and Social Issues Department BCTF
100-550 West 6th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4P2



Nurturing quality thinking in all students Pro-D Opportunity

Posted on: November 8th, 2016 by lmccoll No Comments
Based on the ideas of The Critical Thinking Consortium’s best-selling publication, Creating Thinking Classrooms, this professional learning session explores inspiring ideas for deepening student learning through effective instructional practices that are grounded in coherent principles.
During this two-hour session, you will:
  • Discover why thinking needs to be at the heart of 21st century learning
  • Learn which principles and practices best support pedagogy and student learning
  • Explore how TCprofessional learning and resources can enrich school and district initiatives
Download the flyer for more information about how to register for this session, and please feel free to forward this email to anyone whom you think might be interested.

Register before November 23rd to ensure your spot (space is limited).
$40 registration fee (inclusive of taxes and fees)

We look forward to seeing you!

Friday, November 25, 2016
Facilitated by Garfield Gini-Newman

Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Location: Vancouver School Board
Room 120, 1580 W Broadway
Vancouver, BC  V6J 5K8

Fee: $40 (including taxes)